Educational Leaders Say CARES Act Isn’t Enough

Advocates such as Chip Slaven, Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association, say that much more resources are needed and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is only a small step forward. The CARES Act, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously and will now be considered in the House of Representatives, would provide $30.75 billion in emergency relief funds for the U.S. Department of Education with $13.5 billion for…

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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Hit Record 3.3 Million Amid COVID-19 Epidemic

A record 3.3 million Americans, including 42,000 Marylanders, filed for unemployment benefits last week, as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,283,000, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week's revised level, according to the United States Department of Labor. This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally…

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State Moves Forward with Plan to Conduct Presidential Primary Election Via Mail

As health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain the COVID-19 epidemic might be in place months, the Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) yesterday voted to ban any in-person voting for the special general election on April 28 and recommended against in-person voting for the June 2 presidential primary election. https://twitter.com/KKinnally_MACo/status/1242902825631453184 Earlier this month, Governor Larry Hogan ordered the special general election to fill the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’s congressional seat…

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Howard to Host Virtual Town Hall on Coronavirus, Census, Upcoming Elections

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will host a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm to answer questions and concerns from County residents concerning COVID-19 and the local response, the census, and upcoming elections. “I want the Howard County community to know that our government is working tirelessly to keep our public safe and informed,” said Ball. “We’re hosting this town hall to provide updates, clarity, and reassurance to our residents as…

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Baltimore City Approves COVID-19 Pandemic Mission Critical Stipend

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced the COVID-19 Pandemic Mission Critical Stipend, which will provide additional compensation for frontline, public-facing employees amid the coronavirus outbreak. “It is critical that we provide any relief we can to our front line employees to ease burdens at home while they continue to go to work on behalf of the city and its residents,” Mayor Young said. According to a press release: Baltimore City’s frontline public-facing…

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Maryland Receives “A” in Social Distancing

A newly created Social Distancing Scoreboard gives Maryland an overall "A" rating, with Montgomery County topping the state leaderboard. New nationwide polling suggests that the United States is taking social distancing more seriously, but officials are still urging all residents to stay in their homes as much as possible. Unacast has created a new way they believe can measure how well residents are practicing social distancing. Scores are generated through an analysis of mobile phone…

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Baltimore Convention Center to Transform into Makeshift Hospital

The Baltimore Convention is being prepped to become a temporary hospital as part of a push to add 6,000 more hospital beds statewide. State and local officials are working to open closed facilities and free up other bed space as they prepare for a surge of coronavirus patients. The Baltimore Sun reports: The federal government has pledged to deliver 250 beds for the downtown Baltimore facility, which will be jointly run by the University of…

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FBI Warns of Coronavirus Scams

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States, scammers are exploiting the public health crisis to prey on vulnerable Americans, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). https://twitter.com/HarfordCountyMD/status/1242885309450326024 According to a press release: Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your…

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Feds Reach Deal on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package: What It Means for Counties

The U.S. Senate today is expected to pass a massive $2 trillion stimulus package designed to keep the economy afloat amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. House is likely to take quick action on the Senate bill and send it to President Trump for swift enactment. The bill includes $150 billion for state and local stimulus funds; $500 billion lending fund for industries, local governments, and states; $367 billion for small business loans; $130…

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Further School Closures in MD and COVID-19 Efforts

State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will now remain closed for another four weeks through April 24, 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. During Governor Hogan's March 25 press release, several announcements were made including the extended closure of Maryland public schools. "I am working in concert with all local school system superintendents, including multiple calls per week, in order to provide the continuity of learning to all…

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